Films & Permits

Filming in Marin County and Unincorporated Areas

Permit Alerts: As of Thursday, February 28, 2021 all Marin County Parks/Open Space areas and the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will be closed to commerical filming and professional photography where an issuing  permit would normally be required. County staff members are assisting in the admistration of Marin's COVID vaccination process. Permits will not be issued until ALL covid restrictions are lifted.
For more information about commerial use permits in this area, email
pkpermit@marincounty.org
For current updates, please visit their website at:  https://www.marincountyparks.org/parkspreserves/permits-and-reservations



Marin County Unicorporated areas and roadways are processing applications accompanied
with a Marin approved
Site-SpecificProtection-Plan.


1. Filming on County Maintained Roads and Highways - Case by Case Review for maximum crew size.
Marin County Department of Public Works
Land Development Division
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 304
San Rafael, CA 94913
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Public Works office will be closed to public access but will continue to provide essential services.
The Public Works office can be reached at (415) 473-6528 
Fax: (415) 473-3799
Permit submitted via Email: epapplication@marincounty.org
Must permit a minimum of 5 working days in advance

Film Permit Road Regulations for Marin County

For Marin County Public Works, Land Development website:
http://www.marincounty.org/depts/pw/divisions/land-use

For Film and Encroachment Permit Forms: MarinCountyFilmPermitForms

A Film and Encroachment Permit must be obtained from DPW for filming on all Marin County maintained roads. Film permit applications must be submitted a minimum of five days in advance of requested dates of filming. The filming fee is $500 per day plus a one-time encroachment fee of $256.77. The permit needs to be kept at the site.

Once the application and paperwork have been approved through the county, coordination of the actual filming on roads or highways should be made by first contacting:
For California Highway Patrol support, contact the CHP Film Media Relations Officer at the CFC:
California Highway Patrol Liaison
Officer Ian Ramer, Filming Liaison / Media Relations 
Phone:  (323) 817-4103
Mobile: (213) 703-2070
Email: Ian.Ramer@chp.ca.gov

Local Marin CHP Contact:
Officer Robert Winnie 
California Highway Patrol - Corte Madera
Phone: 415-924-1100 x 241
Email: rwinnie@chp.ca.gov

 

2. Filming in Unincorporated Areas of West Marin - Case by Case Review for maximum crew size.
Please note: The following unincorporated areas of West Marin will need the required permits through Marin County's Department of Public Works with a ranger on site. These following contacts have requested to be notified only of any filming in their areas, but do not issue permits. Click here for all County of Marin Film Permit Regulations

Point Reyes Station: Public Works Dept (415) 499-6528 or Land Dev/Engineer (415) 499-3755
Bolinas Road and Fairfax/Bolinas Road: Bolinas Fire Chief Anita Brown (415) 868-1566: BCPUD, Jennifer Blackman (415) 868-1224
Marshall: Lori Kyle (510) 666-0069 (East Shore Planning Group)
Nicasio: Rocky Shone (415) 662-2016 rockyandmarcy@aol.com (Nicasio Landowners Assn. Pres.)
Tomales: Bert Crews, (415) 497-9303 Email: brcrews@me.com 
Other Areas: Filming in Kent Woodlands, contact Jeanne Williams (415) 721-7429 jwilliams@kwpoa.com
Filming in the Sleepy Hollow area of Greensburg and Whiteplains Streets, contact Carolyn Goodman (415) 250-6264 carolyn@goodmanmarketing.com
Check with the Department of Public Works staff on all special requirements.

Filming in the unincorporated town of Stinson - Case by Case Review for maximum crew size. 
Marin County Department of Public Works
Land Development Division
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 304
San Rafael, CA 94913
Phone: (415) 473-6530
Fax: (415) 473-3799
Email: epapplication@marincounty.org
For Marin County Public Works, Land Development website:http://www.marincounty.org/depts/pw/divisions/land-use

 

3. Filming on the Golden Gate Bridge - Accepting permit applications
For all inquiries contact:
Priya Clemens, Public Affairs Director: 415-317-2222
Email: filming@goldengate.org, 30-day advance request required
Film/ Photo Permit Information: http://goldengate.org/permits/filming_photography.php
 



4. Filming in Marin Municipal Water District - Not Accepting Permits for filming
For all inquiries contact:
Marin Municipal Water District
Email: Watershed@MarinWater.org
Phone: 415-945-1180
Land Use Regulations Permit allowed during daylight hours only
Off-Road areas of Fairfax/Bolinas Road are permited by Marin Municipal Water District
 

5. Filming in Marin County Parks - Not Accepting Permits for filming
Includes Upton Beach (north of Stinson Beach)

For all inquiries contact:
Jen Fujimoto/Office Assistant ll
Marin County Parks
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 260
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415-473-7608
Fax: 415-473-7192
jfujimoto@marincounty.org
www.marincountyparks.org
Location List and Maps

Must permit a minimum of 10 business days in advance/10 hour day maximum
Inquiries are to be directed towards McNears, McInnis, Paradise and Stafford Lake parks only, which are more recreational and not considered a nature preserve like open space areas.
 

6. Filming at the Marin Civic Center and Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Building
- Not Accepting Permits for filming at this time

For all (film/photo) interior building inquiries contact:
Tammy Taylor, Marin County Community Development Agency
Phone: 415-473-7873
Email: ttaylor@marincounty.org

For all (film/photo) exterior building inquiries contact:
Land Development Department
Marin Civic Center
Phone: 415-473-3755 (Monday through Thursday)
 

7. Filming at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, Showcase Theater, and Fairgrounds
- Not Accepting Permits for filming at this time

For all (film/photo) interior and exterior inquiries contact:
Libby Garrison, Marketing & Communications - County of Marin 
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903 
Phone: 415 473 6014
Email: lgarrison@marincounty.org

 

View running video of Conzelman Road in the Golden Gate Recreation Area (GGNRA)

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Deborah Albre
Film Liaison and Creative Services
Marin Film Resource Office
film@visitmarin.org
Direct Cell: 415-297-1611

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